Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Try it out: drawing and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the practice of mindfulness can enhance drawing and bring greater clarity of perception, energy and enrichment to it. Inspire your interest in the subject or access new ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the beautiful variety of sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Contemporary collage projects: 1

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Initiates a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  5. Portraits and people photography course

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. City Lit basketry course

    City Lit basketry course

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of basketry techniques: stake and strand, plaiting, twining and coiling, in materials such as willow, cane, rush and other, less traditional ones. On successful completion of this two-year course, following an exhibition of some of your work, you will receive a City Lit certificate in basketry. Suitable for beginners, though some craft experience is expected. Payment plans will be available.



    This course is will accept applications from January 2019. To register your interest for this course, please contact visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £2,999.00
    Senior fee: £2,399.00
    Concession: £1,829.00

  7. Drawing into painting

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  8. Carving in wood or stone

    Carving in wood or stone

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired by the age-old crafts of stone and wood carving, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in wood or stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers, this course will explore the characteristics of stone and wood, lead you through the steps of design and carving, and encourage you to explore and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Calligraphy: flourished decorations

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class is being offered to those who wish to study further the art of flourishing for use with pointed pen lettering. Lettering will not be taught in this class. We will spend time going over a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand alone decorative elements, the principals of correct shape, size and design.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  10. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. InDesign: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisments and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00

  12. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Children's book illustration: intermediate and advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  14. Watercolour: start to paint landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1 (for designers and illustrators)

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator on Mac laptops with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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